The Mediterranean diet

Today I would like to explore into one of the most functional diets in the world with an increasing amount of scientific evidence that supports its beneficial effects in human health.

This is the Mediterranean Diet.

The Mediterranean diet incorporates the traditional healthy living nutritional habits of people from countries bordering the Mediterranean Sea, including Greece, Italy, France and Spain. The Mediterranean diet varies by country and region but overall, it’s considerably high in vegetables, fruits, legumes, nuts, beans, cereals, grains, fish and unsaturated fats such as extra virgin olive oil and it includes a lower intake of meat, dairy foods and processed foods. Another important fact in this diet is that food is local and in-season.

Many observations cross-sectional and prospective cohort studies have shown an association between Mediterranean diet and lower prevalence and incidence of chronic diseases, including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, metabolic syndrome, cancer, neurodegenerative diseases and lower mortality levels.

Do you know the real meaning of the word diet?

Diet comes from the greek word ‘diaita’ which in Ancient Greek means way of living, way of life, mode of life, lifestyle.

Nowadays the word ‘diet’ is commonly used for weight loss but actually it is all about lifestyle, nutrition, exercise, work, sleep etc.

So coming from Greece where I have spent most of my life has definitely influenced my eating habits and I have incorporated it into an even healthier pattern of Mediterranean diet with everything I have come across during my BSc and MSc and plus from self-studying and researching deeper into nutrition and health.

You will many pictures in the gallery coming from the influence I have from Mediterranean Diet in my personal life and diet.

About Illona
About Illona

Illona, founder of Balance your Body and Mind, is a holistic nutritionist holding a BSc. in Nutrition & Dietetics, MSc. in Clinical & Public Health Nutrition: Eating Disorders from University College of London. She also holds the NCFED Master Practitioner in Eating Disorders & Obesity award and in Childhood Eating Disorders & Obesity.

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